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Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves Day Trip from Auckland

Auckland Central, New Zealand
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Visit a pair of New Zealand's must-see attractions with this combo tour from Auckland to the Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Peek into Hobbit Holes, frolic in the Shire, and get a drink at the Green Dragon Inn on a guided tour of Middle-earth, followed by a Kiwi-style lunch. In the afternoon, explore Maori myths and history on a boat ride through mesmerizing caves lit by thousands of glowworms, and finish with a drive through some of the North Island’s most majestic scenery.
  • Full-day combo tour to the Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves from Auckland
  • Fit two of New Zealand most popular attractions into a single day
  • See the detailed film set used as the Shire in 'The Lord of the Rings' and 'The Hobbit'
  • Enjoy a Kiwi-style lunch
  • Ride a boat through mysterious caves lit by thousands of glowworms
  • Drive through the gorgeous, unspoiled scenery of the North Island
  • Includes round-trip transport from Auckland CBD hotels
  • Small group limited to 11 or 14 ensures personal service
Begin the memorable day with pickup at your hotel in Auckland’s Central Business District, and head south over the Bombay Hills and across the Hauraki Plains to a sheep farm in Matamata, better known to J.R.R. Tolkien fans as the Shire. On a guided tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set, see recognizable scenery created for the 'Lord of the Rings' and 'The Hobbit' films and learn the secrets and stories behind the creation of Middle-earth. Take in stellar views of the Kaimai Ranges as you visit meticulously crafted sets including Hobbit Holes, the Mill, and the Green Dragon Inn, where you can even enjoy a specially brewed drink fit for a Baggins.

After the tour, trade Hobbit trivia with your fellow travelers over a Kiwi-style lunch.

Next, embark on an underground adventure at the famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves, where thousands of tiny worms illuminate caverns thanks to natural phosphorescent properties. Watch the mesmerizing natural light show while gliding through the cave on a boat, and learn about the area’s natural and cultural history from a guide—likely a descendant of the Maori chief who originally discovered the caves. You also explore on foot Cathedral Cove, known for its impressive acoustics.

On the return drive to Auckland, travel through some of the North Island’s most beautiful countryside, following the Waikato River (New Zealand’s longest), and passing both the Maori king’s home at Ngaruawahia and Taupiri, site of a sacred Maori burial ground. The full-day tour concludes with drop-off back at your hotel in the evening.


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Hobbiton & Glowworms
, Nov 2019
We had a great time. Mike, our tour guide was awesome. I’d definitely do this again if we ever come back to New Zealand.
Good Day Trip
, Nov 2019
I enjoyed this day trip to Hobbiton and Glow work caves. I did receive a few emails prior to the day stating the prompt pick up times and not to be late. I get it, but one or 2 e-mails was fine. The day of pick up I was waiting 10 minutes prior to pick up and I received a message that they were running behind. I appreciated the text updates. I ended up waiting 15 minutes after stated pick up time. I know it was out of the control of the guide when other passengers are late. Please be on time, because those of us who actually pay attention to instructions are left waiting for you. Everything else after was smooth. Hobbiton was fun. We went through the set and ended at the Green Dragon. I felt like we had enough time to walk around and look at the gift shop. Glow worms was cool. Felt like it was a little short but something that is nice to see. Definitely recommend.
Highly recommended! Great experience with an amazing tour guide
, Nov 2019
This is a must-do when in NZ. We had an amazing tour guide named Mike who picked us up on time and was very entertaining and humourous throughout the trip. Incredibly personable and he took good care of us. The views in the Hobbiton Movie set was incredible. The glowworms were a sight to behold. This duration of the trip was just nice. Lunch was even provided with good food and dessert. Highly recommended to book through Viator.
Super Hobbiton visit and Amazing Glowworm Caves!
, Nov 2019
If you love the LOTR books and movies you will be thrilled to be walking among the beautiful countryside seen in the films and enthralled by the Hobbit hole homes! Great photo opportunities abound. Even if you are not a fan the trip is very much worth it! Our young tour guide was excellent and shared some interesting info about the making of the movies and about Peter Jackson as well. The Glowworm care experience is terrific as well. Our Maori guide was very knowledgeable and although you can't take any photos inside because its dark in the caves and light disturbs the glowworms, you will be amazed at what you see and learn. The short boat ride reveals the worms perfectly! Both tours are very worth the time and expense :)
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
It is interesting that half the 1 Million visitors that visit Hobbiton annually have never read a Tolken Book or watched one of the movies and you don't have to have had to enjoy this absolutely magical tour as the Movie Set comes alive in front of your very eyes. Yes, the record for the most number of photos taken by 1 guest in the 2 hours in the Farm and Movie Set is 3,500! But most of our guests take 100-300 and you are right that there are so many opportuniteis for photos and our guide wiould have explained to you how to get the very best photos Thank you for choosing our tour
Unforgettable trip! Amazing experiences in the glowworn caves
, Nov 2019
We were picked up on time, the driver is very friendly and helpful Hobbiton is extremely beautiful and everything is completely same as it in the movies It is like travel in the galaxy when floating on the river in glowworn caves, speechless wonderful!
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
Thank you! Like you, I am spellbound and in awe every time I visit the Waitomo Glowworm Caves and marvel at nature as you have the galaxy of Gloworms shining down on you. Thank you for commenting on one of our tour guides as we pride ourselevs on our punctuality but equally the professionalism, affability and deep knowledge of every one of our guides. Thank you!
Great day out despite the weather.
, Nov 2019
Our tour driver David was excellent and kept us well informed and entertained throughout the drives. We unfortunately had pretty bad rain but they had umbrellas prepared and frankly there's not much you can do about the weather! Hobbiton was a really interesting experience for fans and non-fans alike. The glow worms at truly unique. Well worth our money!
, Nov 2019
This tour was great so picturesque and absolutly beautiful,our tour guide Alex was great and knowledgeable. A must see.
Great value
, Nov 2019
Beautiful drive and two memorable tour events. The price for the tour is not much more than the cost of admission to the sites, and the commentary, VIP treatment, and no chance of getting lost was well worth the extra spent. Overall a great value for must see attractions.
Amazing Tour and our tour guide Alex was fantastic
, Nov 2019
Picked up on time and given detailed explanation of what to expect prior to each piece of the day tour. Hobbiton was amazing to see!!! Alex was amazing with helping out taking photos of my wife and I and making sure we had everything we needed throughout the day. I highly recommend this tour and if you can , request Alex, you will not regret it!!
, Nov 2019
Mike was good as a tour guide. Everything was well planned. Waitamo was completely different experience
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
Thank you for sharing these lovely comments about our tour and its organization. Aren't the Waitomo Glowworm Caves the most spectacular sight. As you now realize these are the oldest attraction in New Zealand dating back to when the first guided tour was undertaken in 1887 and I personally believe the most awe-inspiring and breathtaking attraction in New Zealand. Thank you also for these lovely comments about one of our tour guides and also for choosing our tour

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